Archives for July 2021
Location: West side of Highway 97 just north of Sundial Rd at Vaseux Lake
What: Residents heard a bang like an explosion – fire was adjacent to a power pole but transformer spotted
Fortis BC and Oliver Fire Department attended
While FortisBC briefly reported on their outage map that all South Okanagan residents had their power restored, it now appears more than 500 residents in Okanagan Falls remain without power.
The outage is believed to have been caused by a bird that shorted a power line north of Oliver, sparking a small grass fire. The Oliver Fire Department quickly doused the blaze.
Discovered: Monday, July 19, 2021
Size: 13,000.0 hectares (estimated)
Yesterday, growth was observed on the north and northeastern flanks, primarily driven by wind, fuel type, and dry conditions. We will continue to see smoke in the valley bottoms through the morning, with some clearing through the afternoon and evening. Fire behaviour is anticipated to increase through the afternoon and into the evening, as the inversion lifts and skies clear.
Today, temperatures will be around 35 degrees Celsius in valley bottoms, 31 degrees Celsius in higher upslope areas, with relative humidity values of approximately 15%. This trend is expected to continue, with hot, dry conditions persisting. Winds are forecasted be out of the south 5-15km/h.
Firefighting personnel and heavy equipment remained on site overnight again to protect structures in/near Shrike subdivision.
Crews will continue to patrol and mop up around residential areas near McKinney Rd, Nk’Mip Rd and Shrike Hill, burning off any unburnt fuel, reinforcing existing guards and extinguishing hotspots. FireSmart and structural protection around impacted communities continues. By removing available fuels from within home ignition zones and around facilities, fires are less likely to impact interface areas.
In areas northeast of the fire including Mt. Baldy Resort, personnel will continue with structural protection and FireSmart activities on properties around the resort. Heavy equipment remains on site and is continuing with line location, and construction and reinforcement of guards to the southeast of Mt. Baldy Resort.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued Evacuation Alerts and Orders for Electoral Area A, C and areas in the Town of Oliver. The RDOS has expanded the Evacuation Order for Electoral Area C. . Properties south of Highway 3 remain on Evacuation Alert, while 191 properties in Electoral Area “A” have been downgraded from an Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Alert as of July, 29, 2021.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has issued an Evacuation Order for 157 properties and an Evacuation Alert for an additional 283 properties in the area of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire.
An Area Restriction went into effect at noon on July 24, 2021, for the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. See a map of the affected area here.
• 140 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 26 heavy equipment
An Incident Management Team, 46 structure personnel and other support positions are also supporting efforts on the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. The total number of personnel is 250.
All pictures and info from BC Wildfire Service
Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) appreciates your respectful response to
traffic control measures, including emergency and security personnel protecting your propertiesand working to get you back home as quickly as possible.
Returning Home: ensure your property and home are safe to enter-
Before entering your home: walk around your property to ensure there are no hazards or dangers.
Check the exterior of your home for any changes such as windows closed or open or fire debris that needs to be removed.
If there is any damage to your home or property please contact your home insurance provider to discuss your coverage.
Fortis BC is in the process of re-energizing and re-pressurizing the electrical and natural gas systems. The crews will be focusing on the main lines and then restoring gas and electrical services to individual homes.
Fortis BC crews may continue working in the area during the re-entry. Fortis BC Contact (Gas): 1.888.224.2710
VICTORIA – As of Friday, July 30, 2021, 81.1% (3,758,385) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 64.9% (3,008,360) have received their second dose.
In addition, 82.0% (3,548,137) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 67.5% (2,921,008) have received their second dose.
B.C. is reporting 243 new cases of COVID-19, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 149,889 cases in the province.
There are 1,231 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 146,876 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 47 individuals are in hospital and 16 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
The new/active cases include:
* 56 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 277
* 32 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 160
* 131 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 693
* nine new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 28
* 13 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 65
* two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
* Total active cases: eight
In the last 24 hours, no new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 1,771.
There are two active outbreaks in:
* long-term care: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health) and Nelson Jubilee Manor (Interior Health)
* acute care: none
* assisted or independent living: none
Since December 2020, the Province has administered 6,774,257 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
Okanaganlake sits at 341.85 metres above sea level.
Ministry of Forests’s public safety and protection section head Shaun Reimer said the lake hasn’t been this low since 2003.
“Ideally, we want full pool to be at 342.8 metres and peak there, then come down to about 342.24 during this time.”
In order for that to happen, there must be enough spring melt and rain to replenish what evaporates and what is used up. That said, Reimer thinks it’s not as bad as it could be.
Looking back to 2003, he said that winter yielded a normal snowpack, which helped Okanagan Lake capture enough water and rebound, going back up to full pool by fall 2004.
“It’s not something I would consider to be in a dire situation right now.
So even if it’s just a normal snowpack year this winter, we should be able to rebound,” he said.
“The more dire situation would be if we had a situation like this two years in a row.”
Picture and story by Penticton Western
Stage 3 Water Restrictions take effect July 30, 2021 for water system users within the Town boundaries and portions of RDOS Electoral Area ‘C’ (rural Oliver).
Residential Users – One Day Per Week:
Odd numbered houses – Wednesday
Even numbered houses – Friday
Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day. Extra hand watering is permitted for personal gardens, trees and shrubs.
Agriculture, Commercial and Industrial Users:
At Stage 2 users were asked to reduce 30% – the Town is asking these users to continue to reduce irrigation use for farming, commercial and industrial use.
Agricultural customers (farm status) may continue to water to maintain the health of their crops but are being asked to voluntarily reduce consumption and continue to monitor for leaks and reducing watering during the heat of the day if possible.
As of Thursday, July 29, 2021, 81.0% (3,753,057) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 64.1% (2,971,793) have received their second dose.
In addition, 81.9% (3,543,503) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 66.8% (2,890,948) have received their second dose.
B.C. is reporting 204 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 149,648 cases in the province.
There are 1,055 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 146,810 people who tested positive have recovered.
Of the active cases, 51 individuals are in hospital and 20 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Whatever happened to the traditional meaning of sport you might ask? In the eyes of many it’s as dead as if we put a stake through its heart. There are a number of reasons for that, let me share a few.
First we have allowed the concept of entertainment to overshadow the meaning of sport. The most important players in professional sport are now the lawyers. Until they have negotiated the over payments to the entitled, nothing happens. When you go to the game you’re not paying to see their talent you are paying for the overpaid, the lawyers, the agents, dozens of hangers on plus the valid expenses.
Player loyalty, integrity, being in the public interest is forgotten.
A prime example is with my favorite team, the Montreal Canadians. They went ahead and drafted a player accused of transmitting sexually oriented pictures of a woman without her consent in contravention of the law. Even the team owner has said it was wrong. The problem is at this point no one will do the right thing—see it’s about the money.
The latest big fuss is about a young athlete, a champion who is struggling with the condition of her mental health. They are calling her a loser for doing the right thing. Yes she is a star she is also young. She has proved herself over and over and is now being attacked by those who couldn’t hold a candle to her. Why? Because some twisted puppies think America’s pride comes before her personal health. The difference is she has reached the limit of her expectations most of her critics haven’t event discovered theirs.
Then there is the sight of players taking a knee as a protest against racial injustice. The players are condemned some even blackballed and kicked out of the sport. The problem is, some condemn the players when those same fans should be joining the players in condemning racism. No, a nation isn’t perfect but it should be actively striving to live up to its ideals.
Even those critical of the players should ask themselves why it is a player is good enough to entertain them but that same player is not good enough to be accepted as an equal in society?
This may not be your most important issue but it is a crack in the mortar that glues society together. The Roman Empire took the meaning of sport from the Greeks and transformed it into Entertainment and eventually into a carnival of death. They also declared well over half a year of holidays and festivals.
We must understand the true meaning of sport. To perform to the best of their ability. That means no one should be expected to sacrifice their health at the expense of entertaining you and I.
At 3: 30 pm July 28th the Oliver Fire Department was called to a large grass fire at the top of our fire protection zone on the OIB.
15:06 Oliver Fire Department MCKINNEY RD MANUELS CANYON RD WILDFIRE/GRASS/BRUSH/OUTDOOR
The OFD provided structural protection and was assisted by ground and aircrews from BC Forestry to control and contain the fire.
We are currently in mop-up operations. It is unclear at this time if the fire was a result of the Nk’Mip fire jumping its current guard or if it was another cause.
A lot of the action is on Anarchist Mountain with many local fire personnel helping out
Lots of help to feed the local and out of town fire fighters .
After skirting the northeast edges of Oliver and Osoyoos, the fire has been moving east over Anarchist Mountain. It was pegged Wednesday at 6,800 hectares, unchanged from last week because heavy smoke has made it difficult for the BCWS to map the fire from the air.
Crews were set Wednesday to continue mop-up and patrols in residential areas near McKinney Road and Shrike Hill, plus doing burn-offs and reinforcing guards where possible. Other crews were continuing with structure protection near the Anarchist Mountain community and reinforcing a contingency line near Mount Baldy and Sidley Meadows.
Approximately 1,500 properties remained under an evacuation order or alert.
Source of copy and picture – BC Wildfire Service
Outbreak requires a return to masks
British Columbia is declaring a COVID-19 outbreak in the Central Okanagan after a rapid rise in cases in the region and is reimposing a local mask mandate, as well as other public health measures.
More than half of B.C.’s daily and active COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the area, according to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“We are concerned in public health about the rapid increase in the Central Okanagan, particularly around the Kelowna area,” said Henry, who was joined by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Sue Pollock, chief medical health officer for Interior Health.
Under the new health order, masks will be mandatory as of midnight in indoor public spaces for anyone over the age of 12. They are also being encouraged outdoors when people cannot physically distance themselves.
Travel to and from the region, which includes Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country, is also being strongly discouraged unless individuals are fully immunized.
The new cases in Interior Health since July 1 have primarily involved people who are 20 to 40 years old and those who are not fully vaccinated.
On Wednesday, 185 new cases were announced in B.C., 113 of those in Interior Health.
In the last week, a number of businesses in the Central Okanagan have been forced to close because of illness. Pollock says enforcement will be stepped up as officials follow up with establishments where three or more cases of COVID-19 have occurred.
“It’s just disappointing that we have to implement these restrictions. But given the climbing case count, it’s the appropriate thing to do,” Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran said after the announcement.
Basran said he’s thankful further measures weren’t taken, but warned it could get worse if people don’t take the restrictions seriously.
Henry said the spread of the delta variant in the area is especially concerning, but she believes the new measures will help flatten the spike in numbers.
Animal husbandry isn’t one of the subjects new recruits learn at RCMP Depot, but that didn’t stop an Oliver officer from giving it a try last week.
As he went door-to-door delivering evacuation orders on July 19 when the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire threatened properties on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve, Const. Brad Walsh took note of one home where livestock was kept.
Walsh, who serves in the Oliver detachment’s Indigenous Policing Section, returned to the property a day later and discovered several animals had died in the fire. Among the survivors was a pig that was left without any food, which is when Walsh took matters into his own hands.
The constable paid a visit to Buy-Low Foods in Oliver and was given a large supply of spoiled produce, which he delivered to the pig over the next two days until its owner returned home.
“Const. Walsh went above and beyond… in his response to the citizens of our community,” said Oliver RCMP commander Sgt. Don Wrigglesworth in a press release.
“The compassion shown to go out of his way for this animal is heartwarming, especially during this time of high stress and danger for so many people. I know the comments and captions are going to roll in mocking police and calling us pigs, but there are few people out there who have stepped up like Brad did this week.”
Thanks to Oliver RCMP, Penticton Herald and Local Community shared reportage
Thousands of kilograms of debris, including styrofoam, plastic bottles, nets, rope, abandoned boats and tires, have been removed from B.C.’s shoreline as several Clean Coast, Clean Waters (CCCW) projects wrap up their operations.
Most of the debris collected is recyclable and will be sent for processing at the Ocean Legacy Foundation, which is also undertaking a CCCW clean-up project of its own. Marine debris needs to be processed in a specialized facility, as much of the material recovered has degraded due to the time it has spent in the ocean. The marine debris is transformed into pellets that can be used to create new plastic products. It is important to recycle and repurpose this material as much as possible to keep it out of landfills.
“The Clean Coast, Clean Waters initiative is about getting plastic waste and marine debris out of the water and off our shores,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “It is also about creating healthier coastal communities by keeping the waste out of our landfills. The work by our partners to reclaim, recycle and reprocess plastics is part of the CleanBC pathway to a healthier environment and a better future for people in our province.”
Projects undertaken by the Small Ship Tour Operators Association – Wilderness Tourism Association, the Ocean Legacy Foundation and the Coastal Restoration Society (which is still underway) have removed more than 425 tonnes of marine debris so far this year. It builds on last year’s work, bringing the total to more than 550 tonnes.
The CCCW initiative is part of the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan. Its goal is to address plastic pollution. The initiative also is part of B.C.’s $10-billion COVID-19 response, which includes StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. StrongerBC protects people’s health and livelihoods, while supporting businesses and communities.
VICTORIA – As of Tuesday, July 27
80.7% (3,742,081) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19
62.3% (2,887,730) have received their second dose.,In addition,
81.7% (3,533,942) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and
65.3% (2,822,405) have received their second dose.
B.C. is reporting 150 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 149,259 cases in the province.
There are 783 active cases of COVID-19 with 44 individuals in hospital and 22 in intensive care.
The new/active cases include:
* 32 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 196
* 17 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 122
* 95 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 412
* three new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 14
* three new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 35
Declaration of State of Local Emergency – Inkaneep Creek Wildfire –
Council acknowledged the Declaration of State of Local Emergency that was declared for the Inkaneep Creek Wildfire on July 19, 2021. Council acknowledges the Declaration of State of Local Emergency expires on July 26, 2021.
• Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.18 – 6234 Main Street –
Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.18 for 6234 Main Street. The amendment to this bylaw would see a site-specific zoning amendment to allow food and beverage processing at 6234 Main Street. The bylaw will be forwarded to the Ministry of
Fire Department Pumper Truck Loan Authorization Bylaw 1403 –
The results of the Alternative Approval Process were presented and Council gave third reading and adopted Fire Department Pumper Truck Loan Authorization Bylaw 1403. The adoption of this bylaw will be subject to a one-month quashing period before the final Certificate of Approval is requested from the Inspector of Municipalities.
Summary of 2021 Tax Collections –
Council received the Summary of 2021 Tax Collections provided by the Chief Financial Officer for information. The Town collected 93% of the current levy by the July 2, 2021 due date. This was higher than 2020, but was not as high as pre COVID19 years. In 2021 a 5% penalty was levied July 5, 2021 and a further 5% penalty will be levied on September 1, 2021 to any remaining outstanding balances. There are currently 11 delinquent accounts which if not paid by September 27, 2021 at 10am will be subject to the annual municipal tax sale pursuant to the Community Charter.
Education & Enforcement Strategies for Water Conservation – Council received information from the Director of Operations with respect to providing education on Stage 2, 3 and 4 water restrictions. The lack of precipitation in the Province requires the Town to implement Water Restrictions following its Drought Management Plan. A Water Conservation and Staged Restriction Bylaw, education materials, media releases, and sandwich boards for Stage 3 and 4 Water Restrictions are also being developed
The Oliver Fire Department would like to thank everyone for the support over the last week. This has been an incredibly aggressive and unpredictable fire. Our crews have been going hard since the start and their hard work has paid off with the amount of structures they have saved. Currently most of the fire has pushed up into the mountains outside of our protection area. However one of our apparatus has been tasked by BC Forestry to continue supporting their efforts up McKinney Rd
Size: 6,800.0 hectares
The fire is classified as Out of Control.
Firefighting personnel continue to work overnight to protect structures in/near Shrike subdivision.
One hundred firefighters arrived to Canada from Mexico. Their first day on the fireline will be tomorrow.
Today, Division A is patrolling and continuing structure protection in the north near Shrike and along Camp McKinney Road. Patrol work will continue along/near Nk’Mip Rd area for hot spots. Crews will be looking for burn off operation opportunities to reinforce existing guards and protect structures.
Division Z is continuing structure protection near the Anarchist Mountain community. Crews will also mop up and patrol around Spirit Ridge on the fire’s southern perimeter.
Heavy equipment is working to create a cat guard around a small excursion near Shrike. Machine guard construction will progress from Shrike eastward. A line locator will prepare for building a new machine guard on the fire’s east flank, aiming to connect with the ongoing construction of the southern machine guard.
Fire behaviour continues to be aggressive and challenging as conditions remain hot and dry.
Nk’Mip Creek wildfire
There has been no change to the evacuation orders and alerts within RDOS since Saturday, July 24
568 properties remain on evacuation order
136 properties remain on evacuation alert.
Garrison Lake wildfire
An Evacuation Order was issued for two (2) properties on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Search and Rescue provided notice to property owners
139 properties remain on Evacuation Alert due to the Garrison Lake wildfire, east of East Gate
Brenda Creek wildfire
41 properties (42 parcels) remain on Evacuation Order
Two (2) properties remain on Evacuation Alert
Thomas Creek wildfire
705 properties remain on Evacuation Alert
Thank you to all the sponsors and participants for supporting our SOSS Virtual Golf Tournament this year. Now the moment you have all been waiting for::::
In first place, with a total net score of 286, is the RBC team. Team members are Claudia Bell, Roger Hall, Herman Gill, and John Hood. Their prize is $400 in Fairview Mountain gift cards, good for the pro shop or restaurant.
Second place goes to the Nunes Pottinger Team with a score of 289. Players are Doug Lange, Bill Michael, Jodi Graham, and Anna Lindsay. Their prize is $300.
In third place is the South Okanagan Family Dental team, with a score of 292.. Players are Kathy Mercier, Bill Ford, Dale Dodge, and Denis Fleming. Their prize is $200.
Congratulations! Well done everyone!
(Teams were done by random draw. Net scores were added for team total)
We also did a random draw of individuals for $50 gift certificates. The lucky winners are:
Again, thank you all for participating. We very much appreciate your support. We will be in touch with the winners regarding collecting prizes.
We look forward to seeing you all in person in 2022!!!
The SOSS Enrichment Fund Society Board of Directors
BC Wildfire Service Bulletin
OLIVER – The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire (K52061). This area restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place and to avoid interference with fire control.
This order will remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on October 15, 2021, or until rescinded. The order applies to Crown land.
The Nk’Mip Creek wildfire (K52061) is located 6 kilometres north of Osoyoos.
• Commences at Point #1 where Highway 3 meets the Osoyoos Fire Department (FD) boundary, following the FD boundary west until Point #2.
• Point #2 begins at the Osoyoos lakeshore. From the lakeshore, follow the shoreline north to Point #3.
• Where the shoreline meets Osoyoos 1 Indian Reserve is Point #3.
• Continuing from the Osoyoos 1 Indian Reserve, stay on the western boundary heading north until reaching the Oliver FD boundary.
• Stay along the Oliver FD boundary until heading slightly eat to reach Point #4.
• From Point #4, head north, keeping to the Oliver FD boundary to where it meets with the BC Hydro transmission lines at Point #5.
• From Point #5 travel east, then south along the transmission line to Point #6.
• Point #6 is where the BC Hydro transmission lines meet Baldy Road Permit resource road.
• Travelling 12.91km heading 180 degrees south to reach Point #7.
• From Point #7, follow Highway 3 and travel west to reach Point #1.
Under this Order and section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person:
Enters the area only in the course of:
(a) Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;
(b) Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.
(c) Travelling to or from his or her principle residence that is not under an evacuation order;
(d) Travelling to or from private or leased property for the purposes of accessing a secondary residence or recreational property that is not under an evacuation order;
(e) Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act; or,
(f) Engaging and/or participating in agricultural activities pertaining to livestock or agriculture management on private or leased property.
Have you ever noticed there is so much angst around accepting refugees and migrant citizens from around the world unless it’s because of our participation in a war or to assist our closest ally, America?
The twentieth century set the framework for the rationalizing of our actions. Prior to WWI immigration from the non white world was discouraged with immigration laws or discriminatory head taxes.
There were exceptions however going back before there was a Canada 1776 is a prime example. Three thousand Black Loyalists were given sanctuary north of the boarder. In later years thousands more loyalists made there way north.
The twentieth century saw a change in policy. Many peoples from Eastern Europe escaping persecution began arriving. People from Ukraine, Russia, and so on. Believe it or not we as a country did not embrace these immigrants with the same enthusiasm as Western Europeans. Sadly Asians were the brunt of racism and fear. The racists coined phrase “Beware of the yellow peril “spread across the Western World including BC.
So what changed the dynamic that brought a more accepting view? Was it a change of heart? A willingness to do the right thing? The answer in most cases is “A guilty conscience”
See, colonial imperialism began to wain however there were plenty of conflicts to come. Now in addition to military wars, warfare included political ideology as well. There were interventions in Africa, the Middle East, in Asia from Cambodia to Vietnam. There were failed uprisings backed by the west in Hungary and other nations attempting regime change.
Vietnam the Boat People, those from Chile and a half dozen other places and now Afghanistan will see those who assisted our forces become eligible to gain entry to Canada. We also assisted America by taking those who helped Americans
It should be noted our governments have engineered a multicultural society in spite of decades of resistance.
For those opposed to minority immigration and refugees, these communities have done well and contributed to the advancement of Canadian values. If you are wondering why we have so many refugees, it’s because our neighbor American lost the wars in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We also have to come to grips with the fact the west has lost in Afghanistan as well.
This is not an article written wearing rose colored glasses. Our history pages are littered with bloodshed, starvation, injustice, colonialism, cultural genocide racism and outright discrimination.
The difference is there are more of us who prefer catering to our better angels. People are waking up from their diet of spoon fed reality and the demand for justice and change is turning the page.
Look at it this way history is not being rewritten instead the truth is being told. How strong is Canada? Strong enough to become a multicultural nation in spite of ourselves.
The Steele Report
In Kelowna, at the base of Knox Mountain, and extending across a marshland to Okanagan Lake is the Tolko sawmill site, some forty acres of land. The city of Kelowna is opening discussions on what should be done with this site. And the owners of the property also have their own opinions on the future usage, as is their right.
But I believe all the rest of the Okanagan has the right to a say. Future development in Kelowna impacts every Okanagan Valley resident. There is only so much water available for us all, and, if you believe certain scientists, that amount of water is going to decrease exponentially over the next decades.
If Kelowna develops forty acres more of high rise condo buildings, in this one area, plus the developments going on in the down town, and the lands south of Highway 97, then the water supply is going to be seriously taxed.
And that is our water supply.
Yes, there are a few creeks that feed the Okanagan Lake and river system. But, basically, the lake itself is our reservoir. This year it is forty centimetres lower than it should be. There has just not been enough inflow. The snow melt was too quick and there has been no rainfall to support the water system.
The potential water usage of Kelowna’s proposed growth is going to seriously impact the south Okanagan. At some point, I predict that our farmers will be asked (no, ordered) to stop irrigating their crops. As in California, there will be fruit trees dying of drought, field crops either not even planted or left to dry out before achieving production, and even our highly touted grape production will suffer. Without vineyards, there are no wineries, and without wineries, the tourist value of the south Okanagan will plummet
So, where is the Okanagan Basin Water Board? They have power, authority, and the mandate to manage and equally distribute water throughout the Okanagan. I have not heard a peep from them in years.
But more than a peep will be heard when the Okanagan water system is so depleted that water for the condo dwellers in Kelowna is given precedence to the irrigation needs of our farmers. People, needing water in their households, will always supersede the lowly farmer, watering trees or vines. You know who will win. Every time.
But Kelowna keeps growing. We have to tell it to stop. And we have to man the Okanagan Basin Water Board with members strong enough to do that.
What do you think?
Strap Yourself In
I hope most of you had a great night’s sleep and the Chief says “stay at home for a day with family and friends”…… it has been a long week for Bob, Bryon, Andrew, Ash, Scott and Wade and all the members of the Oliver VOLUNTEER Fire Department.
OVFD is the best equipped and trained volunteer group in the province. So much so that their training grounds and training courses attract fire fighters from across the province.
Without hearing the words – BCWS (wildfire) could not do it all – in saving structures, life and limb.
I tried to help Friday night with water, food, supper but was waved off.
Maybe next time.
Here is you chance to say THANKS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Representatives from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) provided updates on the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire.
Working with FortisBC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to protect power infrastructure and keep highway open
There will be no permit access granted to properties under Evacuation Order in Electoral Area A or C due to the Mk’Mip wildfire until further notice
Thomas Creek wildfire: making good headway creating fireguards, majority of work is on the western slopes. Area restriction remains in place.
Brenda Creek wildfire: continue protecting significant infrastructure, power line transmissions and watershed
Nk’Mip Creek wildfire
633 properties on Evacuation Order
1,370 properties on Evacuation Alert
Brenda Creek wildfire
Visitors should be mindful of BCWS operations, Evacuation Alerts and Orders
Check drivebc.ca for latest road updates including highway closures
Avoid operational areas, including Skaha Lake and Osoyoos Lake and respect Area Restrictions
One structure and one camper (RV) lost due to Nk’Mip Creek wildfire
Heartfelt thanks and praise to firefighters on front lines and all other emergency service responders
As a result of the increase in fire activity within Osoyoos Indian Band, PIB emergency services activated July 22 and prepared the community hall and ball park to receive evacuees in need of lodging due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfireThank you to RDOS and City of Penticton for support and donation of cots
Greatly appreciate the cooperation of communities, and working together with outside agencies to support each other during this emergency
Nk’Mip Creek (K52061)
Last updated: Friday, July 23, 2021 at 1:21 PM
Location: 6 kilometres north of Osoyoos
Discovered: Monday, July 19, 2021
Size: 6,800.0 hectares
The fire is classified as Out of Control.
High temperatures and wind speeds have resulted in heightened wildfire activity and increased smoke. This morning there was improved visibility on site which allowed for an updated size estimate. The fire is now estimated at 6,800 hectares.
Yesterday, there was significant fire spread to the north towards Camp McKinney Road. Crews continued to work through the night to protect structures and critical infrastructure. Heavy equipment continues to be used to build fire guards. The terrain is steep and rocky in some areas which can limit the use of equipment.
Crews have been working hard to FireSmart properties. They are removing the available fuels, aiming to reduce the risk of the fire impacting interface areas.
Fire behaviour continues to be aggressive and challenging.
The battle continues in Oliver inside the OIB land boundaries – adjacent to the Town of Oliver with helicopters, BCWFS personal, contractors, Parks Canada and the local municipal FD.
Okanagan Falls not available to help
Willowbrook is not available to help
Osoyoos is on the way with a full compliment of personnel and an engine.
The effort is concentrated on McKinney Rd – near the Robert Stelkia Ranch, The Brysons, the Gallaghers, The Aaron Stelkia Ranch and the C. Louie estate – above Manuel’s Flats.
Most homes in the area evacuated.
An aerial battle is on going.